For several years I have wanted to create a backwards dinner for my visiting nieces and nephews. That is, a main course that looks like dessert, and dessert that looks like a main course. Channelling my inner child?
I’ve put it off for a few reasons.:
It requires thought and effort.
What if the children thought it was silly.
What if it looked more like a dog’s dinner than a backwards dinner.
Well, this was the year. If I postponed much longer this visiting crew might consider themselves too old to engage in such silliness. Their aunt and uncle would, of course, never be too old for such silliness.
They immediately agreed to having dessert first. Even their dad didn’t take much convincing. It seems everyone is happy with relaxed summer dining.
Here’s the menu:
various tarts (mini quiche)
cupcakes with frosting (meatloaf made in muffin tins with whipped sweet potato frosting)
ice cream with sprinkles (whipped potatoes with peas sprinkled throughout)
caramel sauce (gravy)
Jelly Belly beans (bean salad with added rectangles of red, green, yellow, and orange peppers)
sliders (half of a two-bite brownie between vanilla wafers, icing condiments)
pizza (almond cream cheese on cookie base, circles of fruit, warm strawberry jam glaze)
The hors d’oeures were met with strange looks.
The main course was greeted with exclamations, the three and a half year old indignantly declaring “Not i cream!”
Dessert was eagerly anticipated and speculation began on what it could be.
Was it a success? Yes.
Will I do it again? Yes.
Was it silly? Yes.
Was it a fun, animated meal that family will remember? Yes.
Let us know if you’ve ever created a meal like this. What did you serve? How did you make it? And I’m sure you had as much fun being silly as I did. If you haven’t, I hope I have inspired you to try it. Be silly!